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The Path Made Clear

Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose
Written by: Oprah Winfrey
Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey, full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Self-Development, How-to
4.4 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success but one of significance. The book’s 10 chapters are organised to help you recognise the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment and what life’s detours are there to teach us. 

Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring listeners to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. These renowned figures share the greatest lessons from their own journeys towards a life filled with purpose. 

Read by Oprah Winfrey and a full cast including Adyashanti, Alanis Morrissette, Amy Purdy, Barbara Brown Taylor, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Brene Brown, Brian Grazer, Brother David Steindl-rast, Bryan Stevenson, Carole Bayer Sager, Caroline Myss, Charles Eisenstein, Cheryl Strayed, Cicely Tyson, Cindy Crawford, Dani Shapiro, Daniel Pink, David Brooks, Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Eckhart Tolle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Elizabeth Lesser, Ellen Degeneres, Fr. Richard Rohr, Gabrielle Bernstein, Gary Zukav, Glennon Doyle, Goldie Hawn, India.Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Jack Canfield, Jane Fonda, Janet Mock, Jay-Z, Jean Houston, Jeff Weiner, Vice President Joe Biden, Joel Osteen, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jordan Peele, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynne Twist, Marianne Williamson, Mark Nepo, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Michael Singer, Mindy Kaling, Mitch Albom, Nate Berkus, Pastor A. R. Bernard, Pema Chodron, President Jimmy Carter, Rev. Ed Bacon, Rob Bell, Robin Roberts, RuPaul Charles, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Shauna Niequist, Shawn Achor, Shonda Rhimes, Sidney Poitier, Sister Joan Chittister, Stephen Colbert, Sue Monk Kidd, T. D. Jakes, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore, Tim Storey, Tracey Jackson, Tracy McMillan, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Wes Moore, William Paul Young and Wintley Phipps.  

©2019 Oprah Winfrey (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fans of Oprah Winfrey’s TV show, or more recently her two podcasts, will have this title on their playlist for months. She dips in and out of interview clips with trailblazers across various industries with her characteristic warmth, wit, and candor. Winfrey draws us close in this inspiring topical guide focused on self-motivation. We feel as though we are sitting in the living room with her and Deepak Chopra or any of the dozens of guests featured in snippets scattered throughout the listening experience. At times, the transition from one conversation to another can feel slightly jumpy, but those who favor nuggets of wisdom over breadth of discussion will appreciate the ground that she covers in 20-minute sections." (AudioFile)

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Wow..!

I am going through a difficult time in my life, but this book has really helped me to unwind and focus on deeper aspects of life. Thank you Opera and Thank you Amazon Audible.

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Very relatable and inspiring for all across all streams of life.

Hearing Oprah narrate and talk to all the wonderful ppl was very surreal. I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful knowledge being shared. Hope to share it further! Not only did I find it very inspiring but also relatable. All of us have faced questions at ourselves and at life’s various curve balls. Very humbling to hear them share their experiences. God bless everyone!

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nothing much practical

didn't like much. nothing much practical or relatable. it seems like only the storytelling which has nothing much to do with us.

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Powerful......!

Just got hooked to this book...the narration, the content ..too good! every chapter just gripped harder...compelling ! Packed with life lessons each one better than the other !!

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my first Audible book reading review

Too many people talking about their experiences. so a bit lost at the end with what the author is trying to say. having faith is the one thing that stuck with me.

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Life Experiences!!

Narration was as usual the "Oprah Special"!! The book is a one stop junction for all the life coaches, business leaders and world leaders life experiences and what to say; Oprah does have her own ways with life and this book is the means to share them with us.

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helps you to see life from different perspectives

Some books change how you looks towards life..this is one of them...I have never seen oprah Winfrey show..but the way she makes people talk that helps everyone who is listening is amazing...I listened this book twice ..thrice .

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It's so beautiful and engrossing. A Must Listen!

It's so awesome. Haven't had a better and more enriching Audible experience. Oprah's words and snippets from those she interviewed fill the narrative with hope and so many possibilities. Totally Inspiring

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life lessons from the masters

great hearing from so many masters. thanks to oprah for bringing us so much of wisdom . great voices ..great messages. loved it.

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Captivating and motivating

When a voice like that talks to you about life experiences, it's hard not to get moved by it. Stories of people are great teachers and this book conveys that effectively and beautifully ❤️

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  • Babli
  • 03-04-19

Extremely insightful

I found the book so uplifting. Each “ah moment” I have personally tried to hang onto over the years is consolidated into one book. What is great is that your purpose is always evolving and not shaped into one thing. Oprah shares her personal experiences in each chapter it made the book relatable. It was a good touch to have short but insightful chapters. I liked the fact that numerous teachers were featured with the key take aways. I’m am listening to it again. Thank you for guiding me to the light when darkness was everywhere. This will become my go to book for clear understanding. Love, love, love! Read this book if you want quick guidelines on huge life lessons!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-19

Life Changing

Very insightful and lighthearted. I love how Oprah narrates the book. She makes it relatable and sounds possible. I am inspired to achieve great things by first being then doing. Thank you Oprah.

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  • Heather Kong
  • 12-09-20

Trust yourself and have faith in the journey

Relearning to trust yourself and know in your heart that what you feel is right. I needed that affirmation, to be reminded of our connection to God and the universe. That our path is embedded in our spirit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-20

woow what an amazing book

l enjoyed listening to this audio do much! l am recommending it to my teen children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-20

This book changed my life...

I finished it in one and I make sure to listen to a chapter each day. It really speaks to me. Thank you Oprah.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-20

i have listened to this book 3 times

It's comforting and reassuring while guiding you in a loving and nurturing way. Love it!

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  • Bruno
  • 14-10-19

Compilation of wisdom

This isn’t so much a book in the narrative sense, as it is a compilation of clippings from a variety of people. I really liked it, but think it is one of those that would be better in print format

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  • Sandra
  • 14-09-19

Perfect to me!!

This book is very inspiring! To me is a beautiful set of point of views.. all of them braves and inspiring to align my life with my own purpose..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-19

Wow

When Oprah said, “Epilogue,” my heart sank. “It’s over?!” I thought... There is so much insight in this book that it is clearly meant to be listened to over and over again. It’s true brilliance and ultimate truth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-19

Meaningful and thought-provoking.

I started reading this, but then switched over the the audio book. So glad I did! It’s one of the best books to listen to (rather than read) because of all the amazing authors included. It’s like a really, really good podcast. Will be listening to it again and again in the coming weeks. Thank you, Oprah. My path is made more clear!

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  • c patterson
  • 30-03-19

Amazing.

it's everything I expected it to be. uplifting, confirmation and encouraging. love loved loved it

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  • FrankpMcC
  • 25-06-19

Too much like The Secret

Really there are loads of books like this one. Like a summary of them. Hoped for more. But just a little it too like the secret

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  • Happy customer
  • 27-03-19

Must listen!

Fantastic book, have now ordered the hardback too. Loved the mixture of Oprah's moments and that of her guests. Lots of AHH moments. finished listening to this in one day. Will reflect on the learning and repeat.

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  • Rui Feliciano
  • 24-06-19

Re-hashing The Secret

Like most people, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Oprah. There is no denying her empathy, determination, and her charisma. I expected this book to be filled with actionable advice or, at the very least, some ideas that might inspire and motivate me. Nothing could be further from the truth, though: the book is basically a compilation of metaphysical platitudes in the voices of multiple celebrities, clipped from interviews Oprah did in the past. The old clichés like "everyone has a God-given gift", "God gave us all a purpose" and, of course "put something out into the universe and the universe will reciprocate". This is exactly the same as "The Secret" and these books have nothing to offer to someone like me. I expected real advice from an successful and charismatic person that is greatly respected around world, instead I got 3 hours of soundbites and superstitious nonsense.

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  • wygem
  • 20-06-19

not life changing but ok

Some parts of the book were more interesting than others... mainly those in the final chapter. There are quite a few references to God so if you're an atheist like me... it was a bit of a turn off. It also jumps around a lot with different people providing their views.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-19

Love this, but too much god nonsense

Love Oprah. Loved her last book (WIKFS). And I really enjoyed this book. My only critique is how much god bothering there is in this book. She uses clips of interviews from people she’s interviewed for her podcast. Including people like Joel Osteen, the super rich televangelist famed for his hatred of gays and his love of cold hard cash.

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  • Mrs D
  • 12-04-19

I’ve grown a little more

As always after reading/listening Oprah , I feel wiser , calmer and soul soothed. Grateful as always that Oprah shares her wisdom and truth .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-19

A rich and elegant listen

I love Oprah. She has distilled the essence of her beliefs, her truth so elegantly. It is an inspiring book, packed with wisdom, generosity and soul. It’s beautiful. Thank you Oprah ❤️

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  • GP
  • 23-09-20

Life changing

I loved listening to this book, really is life changing and there is so much to learn and apply to my life. Most memorable moment was the parents' pledge, OMG i was totally blown away! Thanks again Oprah for this great book, i always enjoy listening to your narratives.

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  • Diana Szeplaki
  • 19-09-20

the only book I have listened to multiple times

So easy and inspiring. you can listen to it over and over again. so much to learn from it. amazing tips and wisdom nuggets.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Nice one Oprah

The book leaves you with a greater sense of peace understanding and love for life. Also an appreciation for self.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-19

bit too religious for my liking

Too many over the top religious references, spoilt the book for me, had to stop listening.

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  • sjhorton
  • 13-09-19

The most amazing summary of the life ‘path’

The most amazing collection of thought provoking concepts and spiritual awakenings. Love this book soooooo much. Have listened to it about 20 times already! Inspiring and life changing. Thank you Oprah x

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  • Craig Potts
  • 03-04-19

Very Special

Thank you Oprah. Your spirit has served us so well all these years. This book is very easy to digest, very concise, and excellent excerpts from some very special people. highly recommend to nourish your soul.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

I loved all of this

Thank you for another amazing book Oprah! Serious food for the soul... more books please!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-20

10 out of 10

Loved it! 👏👏 especially the fact that it was narrated by Oprah Winfrey herself! This is denitely up there with one of my favs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-20

Great as expected!

A combination of all of Oprah’s best lessons. A negro girl born in segregated Mississippi who has risen to become the most influential women billionaire in the world definitely has acquired great wisdom to have gotten there. Worth a listen

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  • KO
  • 12-02-20

Inspirational

The Path Made Clear is full of inspiring words of wisdom. So many treasured experiences are shared here, that have been embraced and valued for the lessons they bring. The honesty and vulnerability expressed in these pages are encouraging as much as they are powerful teaching moments that can open my eyes, heart and mind to opportunities that I may have previously considered impossible.

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  • Nina
  • 03-01-20

Insightful

Great for a reset... Makes you take a deep deep breath. A lot of gold nuggets.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-20

Fluff

Just a bunch of excerpts from interviews with people saying ridiculously vague things like ‘the lure of our becoming’, ‘we are god seeds becoming god selves’. Read James Clear if you’re looking for something practical.